INCHEON – National men’s hockey squad interim coach Arul Selvaraj is disappointed with his charges for not exhibiting their full strength at the start of their match against Bangladesh Sunday.
Despite recording a big 5-1 victory over the Bangladesh team in Group A, Arul said if their strength and determination were shown in the early part of the match, they could have put in more goals.
“I am disappointed because they did not exhibit their actual attitude and strength during the early part of the match. They only showed their true strength during the final quarter.
“The opposition played well today. Their captain and goalkeeper performed excellently,” he said.
In the match at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium, Malaysia opened the scoring in the 20th minute via a Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahman penalty corner.
Bangladesh equalised 10 minutes later through a field goal by Krishno Kumar Das.
Shaken by the equaliser, the national team stepped up their assault and scored field goals in the 46th and 52nd minute via Muhammad Marhan Mohd Jalil and Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin.
Mohd Shahrun Nabil Abdullah added to Bangladesh’s woes when he scored the fourth goal through a penalty corner in the 59th minute before Muhammad Razie scored again a minute later.
Yesterday, Malaysia had trounced Singapore 8-2.
Malaysia will be facing hosts South Korea in the third match on Sept 25. – Bernama